Seeking out the joys of the holiday season can come in many forms and sometimes a day trip to get away from the hectic city is just enough. Friday Harbour is just over an hour’s drive from Toronto and it’s full of festive wonder and joy.

Located on the fringe of Innisfil, this Marina destination feels like you’ve been transported to a magical festive village. Nestled beautifully along the water are quaint shops, a gallery, and restaurants that are open all seasons for locals and visitors alike. But the festive time of year brings all the elements of joy.

Friday Harbour Holiday Village 2023 Photo by Sonya D

Until the end of December visitors to the area can experience the best of the festive season at the Holiday Market. Explore local artisans in their European style cabins at the Vendor’s Village. Enjoy festive food and drink offerings in themed warming lounges. Take in live entertainment with festive carollers, DJs, and musicians. Visit Santa and his elves in his toy workshop. And when it’s dark out all the lights twinkle in the night! It’s quite a pretty sight!

Friday Harbour Holiday Village 2023 Photo by Sonya D

Friday Harbour Holiday Village 2023 Photo by Sonya D

What else can you do?

  • Have a beautiful brunch at The Lake Club or dinner with a pretty view overseeing the marina. Also, check for live music entertainment in the evening for your date night!
  • Enjoy an afternoon coffee break at the delicious Parisienne Bakery.
  • Treat yourself to some “me time” at the One 11 Beauty Bar.
  • Explore the whimsical wonderland of a tiny wooden village while enjoying treats at The Sweet Harbour Toy & Candy Co. A great place to pick up a few stocking stuffers and gifts for the wee humans!
  • Pick out a new outfit from Feather and Stone Boutique.
  • Grab your holiday gifts for the pooch in your life at K9 Pawvengers.
  • Warm up to a savoury bowl of ramen or enjoy fresh sushi at RenSushi.
  • Explore outstanding artists and their works at Avi Gallery. Check out Dana Walton — a wonderful local professional photographer and fine abstract artist.
  • Paint pottery at Crock-a-Doodle.
  • Families will have fun participating in the festive Scavenger Hunt, build a buddy workshop, make candy kebabs and more!
  • Be sure to check out what’s happening for New Year’s Eve too!

Friday Harbour Holiday Village 2023 Photo by Sonya D

Friday Harbour Holiday Village 2023 Photo by Sonya D

The Lake Club

For a complete list of what’s happening during the festive season, as well as directions, visit www.fridayharbour.com